Meet the ‘Brick Lane Burner’ – the world’s hottest cocktail

This drink is so dangerous; it comes with a medical disclaimer

By Paolo Shaoul


Legendary Brick Lane venue – The Vibe Bar – has worked with mixologists, chemists and chilli horticulturalists to create the world’s spiciest ever cocktail, setting a new Guinness World Record in the process. This isn’t merely the spiciest cocktail ever made, but when tested by Warwick University, it came in at 676,979 Scoville Heat Units, making it the spiciest commercially available drink ever – more than 270 times hotter than Tabasco sauce and over 20 times as hot as your standard Vindaloo!


The ‘Brick Lane Burner’ which is launched this week and created by mixologist Ben Manchester,  is available from the main bar for £15.50 as part of a new, spice themed cocktail range.  It requires brave punters to don a pair of goggles and sign a medical disclaimer before being allowed to drink it. Thoughtfully, Vibe will also provide a complimentary Mango Lassi cooler to anyone daring enough to try it.


Made with ingredients sourced from Peter Seymour, chilli horticulturalist and owner of Brighton based retailer – Chilli Pepper Pete, the drink uses 12,000,000 SHU ‘Killer, Killer’ extract which is more than eight times hotter than the hottest chilli in the world. It’s so potent that those who handle it must wear protective gloves.


This is then added to bourbon, ginger ale & lime, mixed over ice and decorated with various chillies, including a ‘Ghost Pepper’ Bhut Jolokia Chilli, which can reach up to 1,001,304 SHU. The heat is such that drinking three of these would be similar to being hit in the face with weapons grade pepper spray.


Lee Dicker, co-founder of the Vibe Bar said “Brick Lane has always been known as the home of hot food in London and in the year that the world’s eyes are on us we wanted to celebrate that. We’ve made sure that even if you don’t want to go for a meal, you can still have the Brick Lane experience here at Vibe Bar. Though I’ll be honest – The Burner is probably too hot for all but the bravest!”


The Elysium team are interested to hear from those brave enough to give this one a try, so tweet us your feedback!


For more details on this spicy number visit the website or send them a tweet!


Amit Chakravarty

Amit Chakravarty

Amit has a refined taste for all things luxury lifestyle, with a particular penchant for men’s style. He’s keen on the latest watches – especially classic timepieces, new drinks, luxury travel, fine dining, executive technology, new gadgets and sports for the discerning gent.